Earlier this month we received some bad news that Samsung’s update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for their extremely popular Galaxy S II had been delayed until February. Don’t worry though, because today we have some excellent news that the update has actually started rolling out as we speak.
The international Galaxy S II (with the home button) is getting updated to the latest and greatest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean as we speak, only it’s just in Spain for now. Owners of the unlocked international version should be getting the update now over-the-air, or as usual you can manually update using Samsung Kies and a nearby PC.
Once updated, users will be greeted with a completely improved and overhauled user interface. Obviously you’ll be on Android 4.1 but Samsung’s brought the aging handset up to speed to match the newer bigger brother in the Galaxy S III. You’ll enjoy the same Nature UI theme over Samsung’s TouchWiz, and they’ve added all those motion features, improved widgets, and even the pop-up and floating video player for multiple windows at a time.
Then as expected Android 4.1 brings an entirely new level of awesome to Android. Project butter should keep the handset extremely smooth and fluid with daily usage, and one of the best features (if you ask us) is Google Now voice options. Samsung’s plans aren’t really too clear but we can expect other regions to start seeing the update in February as originally planned. Sadly all those Verizon and AT&T models here in the US will be among the last to receive the Jelly Bean treat. So sit tight or wait for ROM developers to dive in and port this to your respective handset.